A Long Story Short: Conservative Principles And Lack of Believability


by Bill Golden
Bill4DogCatcher.com and JeffersonConservative.com

We conservatives must be believable if we want to be believed.

We need vision and firm answers to real problems. We have failed that standard miserably.

We’ve hidden behind ‘principles’ when reality is that we are too worried about answering the hard questions.

The price: even conservatives, such as myself, doubt the motives and intentions of other conservatives just as strongly as the liberals and moderates do.

“I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions, I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know, also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times.”
–Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816.

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One response to “A Long Story Short: Conservative Principles And Lack of Believability

  1. Al

    I doubt the motives and intentions of anyone who lusts for power or influence over another (particularly me). Their “flavor” doesn’t matter as that is often a choice of convenience and opportunity. To borrow from Adam Smith, everyone is driven by their own self-interest. The more transparent that self-interest is (the ”what’s in it for me” for all parties), the more comfortable I am.

    I guess my time in Government gave me an appreciation for the “theater” involved in selling ideas to the American public. For reference, just remember how we were “sold” the War in Iraq (and every other war), the Health Care Reform Act, the bail-out, etc., etc;, etc. When listening to people who are trying to influence me, I assume it’s all “b******t” and look for clues regarding the real end game. They are seldom obvious.

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